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Dr. Malliga Och

Lessons From Abroad: Why the U.S. Has so Few Women in Politics Compared to Other Countries

Today, the United States ranks 96th in the world for women in politics. With only 19.4% of representatives in the U.S. House being female and 20% in the Senate, the U.S. falls behind countries such as Rwanda (63.8% female representation in parliament), Bolivia (53.1% female representation in parliament), or Sweden (42.6% female representation in national parliament). This talk will explore the political, socioeconomic, and cultural reasons why women's representation in the U.S. falls so far behind other nations and consider some ways to achieve equal political representation in the U.S. by applying lessons learned in other countries. 

Imagined Communities: Germany’s Struggles to Confront its Cultural Diversity

The recent refugee crisis in Europe and particularly in Germany has highlighted a long-lasting challenge for German society: how to integrate immigrants and build a culturally diverse understanding of the German nation. Since the immigration of Turkish, Greek, and Italian guest workers in the 1950s, Germany has struggled to redefine its national identity to allow the integration of citizens who do not share German ancestry. Drawing on personal experiences growing up as a mixed-race child in a very German family, I will discuss the challenges that immigration poses to German national identity and the impact the refugee crisis will have on Germany's understanding of what it means to be truly German.

Women’s Rights Around the Globe

The UN Women's Rights Treaty (the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, short CEDAW) will turn 40 years in 2019. This talk will discuss the progress towards equal rights for women around the globe since 1979 highlighting issues such as maternal health, political participation, and girls' education.

State Standards

These presentations meet the following state education standards for high school students:

Social Studies

U.S. History II

9-12.USH2.1.1.1 Analyze ways in which language, literature, the arts, traditions, beliefs, values, and behavior patterns of diverse cultures have enriched American society.

9-12.USH2.1.1.2 Analyze significant movements for social change.

9-12.USH2.1.2.2 Identify the political and social resistance to immigration.

9-12.USH2.1.2.3 Analyze the changes in the political, social, and economic conditions of immigrant groups.

9-12.USH2.4.4.1 Trace the development and expansion of political, civil, and economic rights.


World History and Civilization

6-9.WHC.2.3.1 Identify main reasons for major migrations of people.

6-9.WHC.2.3.4 Explain how transportation routes stimulate growth of cities and the exchange of goods, knowledge, and technology.


World Languages


Relating cultural practices to perspective

Standard CLTR 1: Investigate, explain and reflect on the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied in the target language.

Objective: CLTR 1.1 Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

Objective: CLTR 1.2 Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.